Past exhibitions

Our past exhibitions, telling the stories of the changing face of contemporary fashion and textile design over the decades from the world’s best designers and makers.

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Goldwork Sampler for the Coronation Robe of State, 1953. Copyright Royal School of Needlework.

150 Years of the Royal School of Needlework: Crown to Catwalk

1 Apr – 4 Sep 2022

A retrospective exploring the often-surprising history of one of the UK’s oldest and most revered applied arts organisations.

The Fool designs on the Apple Boutique stairs. Models Anke Ferris, Charlotte Martin & Renate. Copyright Karl Ferris.

Beautiful People: The Boutique in 1960s Counterculture

1 Oct 2021 – 13 Mar 2022

Beautiful People explores how a handful of Chelsea boutiques sparked a fashion revolution in the mid-1960s.

A fabric print created using the batik technique

Annie Phillips: Ancient Technique and Contemporary Art

18 May – 12 Sep 2021

Over 30 examples of Phillips' use of the ancient form of Batik, a dyeing technique that can be traced back to ancient Egypt.

A trio of dresses from the Chintz: Cotton in Bloom exhibition at the Fashion and Textile Museum

Chintz: Cotton in Bloom

18 May – 12 Sep 2021

Over 150 examples of this textile, from mittens and wall hangings to extravagant 18th-century sun hats and stylish mourning dresses.

Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild

14 Feb 2020 – 21 Feb 2021

Celebrating the work of Designers Guild, whose products have changed the way we view colour, pattern and texture in our homes.

Part of the exhibition, Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous

Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous

27 Sep 2019 – 26 Jan 2020

This comprehensive retrospective traversing fifty years of a fascinating and varied career of a true design legend.

Norman Hartnell's famous model Dolores models in the salon at 26 Bruton Street, Mayfair, circa 1948

Norman Hartnell – A Tribute

27 Sep 2019 – 26 Jan 2020

A display of selected clothes, accessories and memorabilia demonstrating Hartnell’s lasting effect on British design and craftsmanship.

Traditional Peruvian textiles and costumes on display during the exhibition, Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru at the fashion and Textile Museum

Weavers of the Clouds: Textile Arts of Peru

21 Jun – 8 Sep 2019

We explore the processes and practices of historic and contemporary Peruvian costumes, dating from pre-Hispanic to the present day.

A section of the exhibition, Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution

Swinging London: A Lifestyle Revolution

8 Feb – 2 Jun 2019

An extensive look at an innovative era in London’s history where fashion, music and art were used to demand and affect societal change.

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